Merle Haggard performs "Branded Man".Live Vide.
"Branded Man" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in July 1967 as the second single and title track from the album Branded Man. The song was Haggard's second number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent 15 weeks on the chart.
Merle Haggard Branded Man Lyrics
I'd like to hold my head up and be proud of who I am,
but they won't let my secret go untold.
I paid the debt I owed them, but they're still not satisfied,
now I'm a branded man out in the cold,
When they let me out of prison, I held my head up high,
determined I would rise above the shame.
But no matter where I travel, the black mark follows me,
I'm branded with a number on my name.
If I live to be a hundred, guess I'll never clear my name,
'cause everybody knows I've been in jail.
No matter where I'm living,
I've got to tell them where I've been,
or they'll send me back to prison if I fail.
Now I'm a branded man out in the cold.